Considerations for a moral decision
Should a Catholic vote for a politician who is in favor of abortion? Catholics should be guided by a conscience formed by Catholic moral teaching. Catholics should be against abortion, but when they go to the polls there are other life-related issues to consider. Pope Francis is very clear on this: “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible.”
As you vote, ask yourself: What is the candidate going to do to protect the environment, immigrants, refugees, the elderly, the disabled? Does he or she support policies that lessen hunger and homelessness, improve education and healthcare, strengthen the economy and increase wages? Is he/she representing the interests of everyone, especially the poor, or does he/she care more about the rich and powerful?
Being pro-life means protecting all life not just being against abortion. I hope Catholics and people of good faith will not be fooled by politicians who say they are against abortion not because they care about children, but only because they want their votes. Vote according to your conscience, not your party. – Father Misael Avila, Riverbank